By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
The ministry congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.
Mr Aregbesola also called on all Muslims to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The statement read in part, “He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to the statement, Mr Aregbesola also assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians.
He emphasized that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potentials of the country.
Mr Aregbesola then advised Nigerians over the holiday to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.
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